Keiser has already picked apart all of the game film from the Crusaders' 2001 season and has high praise for tight end Adam Krause. In his junior season, Krause played the end for a predominantly run-oriented offense and helped post 1,293 rushing yards. He also had ten catches for 131 yards and a touchdown.
The conjecture among recruiting analysts is over whether Krause, at 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, will be used as a tight end or offensive lineman on the college level. Keiser thinks the senior-to-be could excel at most any position in the trenches.
"From the film I've seen - and I've looked at a lot of film - he's got excellent feet," said Keiser. "He's big and strong, and he plays with really good leverage. I think he could play anything from guard to tight end."
But Keiser acknowledges that Krause's size makes it unlikely that he will flourish as a pass catcher, and he expects this to figure into which schools are going to recruit him the hardest and where they intend on playing him.
"Let's face it – tight ends today have to be able to stretch a defense vertically, especially in the SEC," said the coach. "Where is it that you get signed as a 275-pound tight end any more? Even if you do get signed, you get delegated to situation play. You take the majority of schools and they're playing with tight ends who can flex and spread and stretch the defense.
"Will he be able to do that? I don't know. A place like Ohio State that runs the football, yeah, he could be the type of tight end they're looking for - almost an offensive lineman tight end."
Keiser says he has advised Krause to keep his options open - in other words, not to limit himself to being recruited solely as a tight end. Since off-season weight training is only just now beginning under the new coach, Keiser thinks there's a possibility Krause could increase up to over 300 pounds. If that's the case, it's almost guaranteed that he would be recruited as a lineman.
LSU, Michigan, Colorado and Auburn are the schools that have been in touch with Krause in recent weeks, and Keiser expects to get additional attention from other Division I powers.
"It's extremely early and he's letting everything take its course," said Keiser. "I would think LSU's in the mix."
Although Krause has not made his summer camp plans, Keiser said there is a good chance he'll probably attend LSU's if invited.